Ames Free Library

"Where the Community Connects"


Current hours:

Monday - Saturday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Visits are limited to a maximum of 45 minutes per person.

Total occupancy in the building is limited to 10 visitors at any given time, so short waits outside may be necessary.

Please go here for more information on what services are currently available.

Email us at, or call 508-238-2000.

Check out our list of online programs here!


All services below are FREE with your Ames Free Library card, and titles are automatically returned at the end of the lending period - meaning no late fees, ever!

For an introduction and instructions on using any of these services, visit our Tutorials page. 

For written instructions on how to use OverDrive on different devices, see the PDF brochures at the bottom of this page.


Media  eBooks, audiobooks*, and magazines  eBooks, audiobooks, and magazines eBooks, audiobooks, movies, music, TV shows, and comics

Devices Android, Chromebooks, iOS, Kindle Fire tablets, or Windows 8/10.  Android, iOS (iPhone/iPad/iPod touch), and Windows 10. Web browser, smart phone, tablet, Kindle Fire (Fire OS 5.0.0 or newer) or TV.

Access Visit to see what is available through the Ames Free Library. Mobile users may download the OverDrive app from your device's app store. Visit your device's app store to install, or visit to access Libby resources directly through your browser. First, register for a Hoopla account on Mobile users can download the Hoopla app at the bottom of the Hoopla Digital main page.

 More *Effective September 4, 2019, Overdrive will be ending support for OverDrive for Mac. This means that Mac users will no longer see the option to download audiobook titles. Please feel free to try Libby for audiobooks instead! You also have the option to listen to audiobooks directly through your browser using OverDrive Listen.  

COVID-19 service update: Check out 4 items each month! PLUS the Hoopla Bonus Borrows program has more than 30 curated collections of over 1,100 top titles and Hoopla favorites. (Bonus Borrows don't count toward your total monthly borrows!)

Also be sure to look for the Ames Free Library's curated lists! From the Hoopla Digital app, use the "Genre" button, select your genre, and under the "Categories" tab, look for categories that have "AFL" in the title. From your browser, you'll use the "Browse" drop-down menu and follow the same process. 


The following resources are available free-of-charge until August 31st, 2020, thanks to the generosity of TumbleBooks during these times of social distancing:


TumbleBooks’ databases are easy to use, and feature unlimited access from home! You can read as many books as you want, when you want, and on any device. There are no check-outs, holds, or bulky downloads. Books are available instantly.



K-6 Math eBook Database

TumbleMath is the most comprehensive collection of math picture books you will find anywhere. All in the amazing TumbleBook format complete with animation and narration.

The books are accompanied by supplementary materials such as lesson plans and quizzes.



gr 7-12 eBook Database

TeenBookCloud is an online database of eBooks and educator resources perfect for students in grades 7-12. It offers a robust selection of Graphic Novels, Enhanced Novels, eBooks, classic literature, National Geographic videos, educator resources, and audiobooks. The collection is available online around the clock. No downloads, no waiting! If you can access the internet, you can be reading, watching, or listening to fantastic content.



All ages audio book database



A huge collection of steamy Romance novels for the older crowd!